Skip Southworth, Forrest Dunbar and Dennis Robinson talk politics at Unalaska's Burma Road Chapel. (Annie Ropeik/KUCB)
The Democrat who’s running to unseat U.S. Rep. Don Young was in Unalaska this week, trying to build a base of support.
Forrest Dunbar met a handful of constituents and local leaders at a forum Monday night.
Turnout was low, but Dunbar wasn’t discouraged: "It’s really important to me, coming from a rural background … to get off the road system and go to smaller communities and go to the hub communities," he said Monday.
City council approved new policies for hiring contractors at a short meeting last night.
The code changes give the city new tools to rule out low bidders when choosing companies to do city projects.
Councilor Dave Gregory took issue with one section that lets council consider whether a contractor has unresolved disputes with the city. The language would let council use that as their sole criteria in choosing to go with a different company. Gregory thought that could lead to conflict.
City council will hold a public hearing tonight on expanding their powers for hiring contractors other than the lowest bidders.
The ordinance would let council consider new factors when picking contractors for city projects -- anything from whether a company’s caused problems for staff in the past, to whether they have a tendency to submit expensive change orders.
Councilors favored the ordinance when it first came up in late August. They’ll take a final vote after the hearing tonight.